• The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.


    “Since school began on September 8, School District Five has been able to offer free meals to all students in-person and through curbside pick-up for virtual students,” said School District Five Director of Nutrition Todd Bedenbaugh. “This waiver extension will allow us to continue feeding all of our students nutritious breakfasts and lunches for the remainder of the school year whether they are in our school cafeterias or are learning virtually. I am extremely proud of my staff for their efforts during this time and being flexible to make sure all of our students are fed.”


    USDA previously extended child nutrition waivers through December 2020 based upon available funding at the time. The flexibilities extended will allow schools and other local program operators to continue to leverage the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to provide no cost meals to all children through June 30, 2021.  


    Now that students in School District Five are transitioned to a 4-day in-person instructional model, meals will still be offered to in-person students on Wednesday. All in person students will receive a shelf stable breakfast and shelf stable lunch kit on Tuesday to take home for Wednesday. Milk and extra vegetables are available for students to pick-up at each school. FIVE students will also continue to receive their meals on Wednesday.


    School Meal Sites

    The district will serve 5-day meal supplies at three school sites. These locations are designed for FIVE student meal pick up and will serve five-days worth of breakfast and lunch items to students age 18 and under. 

    *Please note the time change*

    • Chapin High School (bus loop) – 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
    • Dutch Fork High School (bus loop) - 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
    • Irmo High School (bus loop) - 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

    *Meals will no longer be delivered at bus stops*



    Though students are not required to be present at feeding sites, parents will be required to show their students' ID cards, if they have them. If they do not have them, they will be required to sign their name and list their children’s names in order to receive the meals. Per the guidelines of the federal USDA waiver, these steps are taken to maintain the integrity of the program, while providing flexibility for parents. 

    “We encourage parents to apply for free and reduced meal benefits, despite the waiver extension,” Bedenbaugh said. “This will ensure that they are prepared for when the waiver ends.”  


    To apply for meal benefits, please CLICK HERE. The district is no longer accepting paper applications.  The online application system allows your student’s application to be processed as quickly as possible. The district encourages families who need this service to apply so they will have it when the federal waiver ends at the end of the year.


    Parents also can continue to load money to their student’s online account to pay for additional ala carte items, beyond the free meal. To make a payment online please register your student/students at K12PaymentCenter.com.  Please call the Department of Student Nutrition with any questions or concerns at 

    803-476-8153 or 803-476-8154.